Plastic Surgery includes the following research areas:
- Cleft and Craniofacial Research Programme
- This research programme gathers clinical research projects around two principal problem areas: craniosynostosis and orofacial clefts.
- The Uppsala Burn Research Programme
- A burn injury is a good model for understanding the response to a severe trauma, viewed from a short as well as a long perspective. The disastrous experience of being afflicted with an extensive burn injury affects all main integrating systems in the body.
- Reconstructive Microsurgery
Within the area of reconstructive microsurgery7 several research projects are carried out; 1, Clinical Applied Anatomical Studies in Face transplantation and Facial Paralysis, 2, Virtual Planning in Microvascular Head and Neck Reconstruction, 3, Clinical Studies in Facial Paralysis, 4, Cancer Recurrence after Breast Reconstruction, 5, Lymphoedema – risk of and treatment of lymphedema and 6, Quality of Life, Patient satisfaction and Optimizing resources in Breast reconstruction.
The programs are primarily patient-based and success is heavily related to an adequate number of patients and consequently the size of the scientifically active staff.
Uppsala University Hospital and Uppsala University has been appointed national centers for craniofacial surgery and for severely burned individuals. This has guaranteed a solid basis for research to thrive.
In order to optimize collaborative work the national network SwedBurn has been initiated with an initiative from our research group (http://www.swedburn.se). The purpose is to stimulate burn related projects requiring intellectual and functional resources from different departments and universities.